Jobs and work

Whether you’re confused about your rights or you don’t know how to find a job, we’ve got advice to help.

Is having a job right for you?

There’s no right or wrong time to start looking for a job. If you’re not sure, it can help to think about:

  • what you hope to get from working
  • whether you’re legally old enough to work
  • other commitments you already have, like school or exams
  • what you might need to change to help you start a job.

A job can be a great way to build up skills and experience, earn your own money and boost your confidence. But it also means being responsible and giving up your free time.

You don’t need to decide by yourself. If you’re not sure you can ask an adult you trust or speak to us.

6 reasons to get a job:

  1. earn your own money
  2. feel more independent
  3. learn new skills
  4. meet new people
  5. build your confidence
  6. get experience for the future.

Tips for finding a job

Finding a job can take time, but there are things you can do to increase your chances:

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Work and your rights

Everyone has rights, and your rights at work help to make sure you’re kept safe and treated fairly.

Volunteering and work experience

Volunteering and work experience don’t usually pay, but they can help you to build your confidence and gain skills for the future. And having experience on your CV can help you to get a job in the future.

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Speak to your school or college
    Your school might organise work experience for you, and they can give you advice on ways to get involved
  • Find opportunities near you
    Look at local charities or use vInspired to find volunteering opportunities
  • Raise money for charity
    Raising money can help to build your confidence and keep you motivated